Bundesliga

Bundesliga Top Five, Round 10: Performance of the season from Timo Werner

A hat-trick of goals, and a hat-trick of assists for the RBL striker.

 
11:26am on Monday 4th November 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Timo Werner
F (C), AM (L) - RB Leipzig - 23 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Nov 2, 2019

Werner was in unstoppable form as RB Leipzig annihilated Mainz 8-0, scoring three goals and setting up another three. He set the tone five minutes in with a direct run into the area before sliding to the back post for Marcel Sabitzer, while his second assist was a simple pass to Christopher Nkunku. For his third assist, he whipped a cracking cross to the back post for Nordi Mukiele to nod home. Two of his goals on the day came via tap-ins after being perfectly positioned at the back post, but his other was excellent, driving into space inside the box before coolly slotting into the bottom corner. He made 21 passes into the final third and had 54 touches throughout the game.

Christopher Nkunku
M (C), W (L) - RB Leipzig - 21 yrs
90'
9.6
Nov 2, 2019

On another day Nkunku could have topped the rankings, but has to settle for second after the brilliance of Werner. He was also superb, however, scoring one and assisting two. Both of his assists actually came for the German, as Nkunku twice picked him out at the back post with two low, unselfish crosses. His goal, which came 10 minutes before the break, was the goal of the match. After receiving a short pass from Werner, he picked out a glorious, whipped long-range finish into the top corner, just closing his foot at the final moment to add pace to the strike. Remarkably, out of 49 attempted passes, he misplaced just three.

Thorgan Hazard
W (RL) - Dortmund - 26 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.9
Nov 2, 2019

Dortmund moved up to second in the Bundesliga table after giving Wolfsburg their first loss of the season with a 3-0 win at the Westfalenstadion. Hazard was the difference-maker, scoring one and setting up another. It took the home side a while to get going, as the opener came seven minutes after half-time, with the Belgian intelligently giving the goalkeeper the eye, thinking the ball would be sent into the bottom right corner, before just shifting his attempt to the opposite left corner at the last minute. Then, six minutes later, he slid in Raphael Guerreiro to flash a strike across goal into the corner. He was a menace all day, sending more passes into the final third (32) than anyone else in the Bundesliga, whilst also winning 100% of his tackles and aerial duels.

Raphaël Guerreiro
D, AM (L) - Dortmund - 25 yrs
90'
8.7
Nov 2, 2019

Speaking of Guerreiro, he is fourth in the best performers of the week after helping Dortmund to that aforementioned win. His goal, which was a display of impressive composure and precision, was just the tip of the iceberg as it was in other areas he impressed more. Bombing forward from left-back, he sent five crosses into the box and 25 passes into the final third. Defensively, he won 100% of his tackles, 100% of his aerial duels, the majority of his duels on the ground, and made seven ball recoveries.

Florian Grillitsch
DM, M (C) - Hoffenheim - 24 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.7
Nov 1, 2019

Hoffenheim continued their excellent recent form and made it four wins on the bounce after a comfortable 3-0 win over Paderborn on Friday night. Grillitsch was excellent, marshalling the area in front of his defence with 10/13 duels won and the majority of his tackles. On the ball, he was magnificent, too, as he completed 82 out of 89 attempted passes. The icing on the cake was an assist for Pavel Kaderabek's goal, which was Hoffenheim's second of the evening.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Filip Kostic (8.7) starred for Frankfurt in a 5-1 win over Bayern Munich which ultimately cost Niko Kovac his job as head coach of the Bavarian side. After Jerome Boateng got sent off, Frankfurt turned up the heat, and it was Kostic who eventually opened the scoring with a finish from close range, while also setting up Martin Hinteregger for the fourth.

ROUND TO FORGET

Jerry St. Juste (4), Robin Zentner (4.1), and Alexander Hack (4.6) were all hopeless for Mainz in the 8-0 demolition by RB Leipzig.

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